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Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies

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"Goldstone (Lefty: An American Odyssey) delivers a riveting narrative about the pioneering era of aeronautics in America and beyond, centering on the intense rivalry between Wilbur and Orville Wright and Glenn Hammond Curtiss. At the dawn of the 20th century, while the Wrights were experimenting with flight at Kitty Hawk, Curtiss was designing engines and motorcycles in upstate New York. The controversial meeting of these competing tinkerers, at the Dayton Fair in 1906, spawned years of legal wrangling during the course of bitter patent wars. Meanwhile, excited masses packed the grandstands to witness the world's newest sport wherein 'spectacle coexisted with death.' According to Goldstone, the implacable animus of the Wrights towards Curtiss persists to this day as a proxy feud, since 'historians of early flight tend to deify one and demonize the other.' Goldstone also profiles a slew of early aviators, including masterful daredevil Lincoln Beachey and powered flight's first of many fatalities, U.S. Army Lt. Thomas Selfridge. This is a well-written, thoroughly researched work that is sure to compel readers interested in history, aviation, and invention. Goldstone raises questions of enduring importance regarding innovation and the indefinite exertion of control over ideas that go public. Photos. Agent: Michael Carlisle, Inkwell Management." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Lawrence Goldstone is the author or co-author of fourteen books of fiction and nonfiction, most recently Lefty: An American Odyssey. One of his novels won a New American Writing Award, another was a New York Times notable mystery. His work has been profiled in The New York Times, the Toronto Star, Salon, and Slate, among others. He lives on Long Island with his wife and daughter.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345538031
Author:
Goldstone, Lawrence
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
Aviation - General
Subject:
aviation history;american history;innovation;american aviation;air pioneers;aviation industry;history of flight
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
PHOTOS
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.57 x 6.53 x 1.54 in 1.7 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Goldstone (Lefty: An American Odyssey) delivers a riveting narrative about the pioneering era of aeronautics in America and beyond, centering on the intense rivalry between Wilbur and Orville Wright and Glenn Hammond Curtiss. At the dawn of the 20th century, while the Wrights were experimenting with flight at Kitty Hawk, Curtiss was designing engines and motorcycles in upstate New York. The controversial meeting of these competing tinkerers, at the Dayton Fair in 1906, spawned years of legal wrangling during the course of bitter patent wars. Meanwhile, excited masses packed the grandstands to witness the world's newest sport wherein 'spectacle coexisted with death.' According to Goldstone, the implacable animus of the Wrights towards Curtiss persists to this day as a proxy feud, since 'historians of early flight tend to deify one and demonize the other.' Goldstone also profiles a slew of early aviators, including masterful daredevil Lincoln Beachey and powered flight's first of many fatalities, U.S. Army Lt. Thomas Selfridge. This is a well-written, thoroughly researched work that is sure to compel readers interested in history, aviation, and invention. Goldstone raises questions of enduring importance regarding innovation and the indefinite exertion of control over ideas that go public. Photos. Agent: Michael Carlisle, Inkwell Management." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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